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Three barges are still stuck on the dam at the Falls for the Ohio. One of those is stuck in one of the gates of the dam. Six other barges have been recovered. “Currently one of the barges is capsized over the dam and it’s preventing one of the gates from closing," U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Michael Metz said. "Obviously it’s a very very large concern, but the Coast Guard, along with the responsible party and the Army Corps of Engineers are working tirelessly to safely remove that barge.” The Coast Guard said water at the dam fell by one foot on Friday, causing recovery efforts to be put on hold.
originally posted by: scraedtosleep
a reply to: LookingAtMars
I feel like this wouldn't be any worse than dumping that much sand or rocks into a river.
Am I wrong?
Coal isn't toxic. People eat coal. Hell I have coal in my body wash.
A seventh coal barge has sunk and salvage operations soon will be underway at the Falls of the Ohio, a week after a line of the coal carriers broke away in a crash at the Second Street bridge, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.
The towing vessel Debbie Graham was pushing upstream 15 barges, which carry 1,500 to 1,800 tons of coal each, when it went off course and struck the bridge. Six of the barges were recovered and nine drifted downstream to be pinned against the dam, said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Metz, a Coast Guard spokesman.
The cause of the incident, which took place downstream from Louisville’s drinking-water intakes, is under investigation. Metz declined to elaborate or estimate how long the probe could take.
The Debbie Graham’s owner, Tennessee Valley Towing, will be responsible for the recovery costs. The Paducah company didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.